Monday, July 2, 2012
Harmon's Next Steps
When eagles (or any other raptors) “fledge”, they are adult-size and weight. They might appear a bit bigger than their parents, however, as their feathers are just a bit longer. It is generally accepted/recognized that in the first year of life, eagles’ flight feathers are a bit longer in comparison to the same feathers on adult birds. This extra length gives them a bit more stabilization and wing surface area to make learning to fly a bit easier, much like having training wheels on a bike for us as we learn that particular skill.
Posted by The Raptor Center at 1:06 PM